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Fellowship of Strangers

April 2, 2007

Hebrews 11:13  “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced by them, and confesed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

I John 1:7  “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

It’s always a special encounter when coming into contact with a person who “loves the Lord Jesus Christ wholeheartedly.  Not half-committed, feeling seeking “gimme” types, but those who have seriously laid their “all” on the altar.  (When we make the Lord our hearts desire, the feeling is awesome indeed, but this should not be our motivation)  Their conversation is always on the deep things of God and the fruit of the Spirit ever so evident in their lives.  They seek not their own will but the will of the Lord Jesus in everything that they do.  All of us desire to attain such a standing in Christ and all of have growing to do; some more than others.  Nevertheless, when gathering with such, it’s a real blessing. 

It was a quiet weekend up north.  My wife and I ended up on the shore of lake Superior which still has ice along the beaches.  It was cold, windy, and very serene.  The only sound came from the wind and the waves.  It was a great place to be still and know that God is.  (Any place is good for this)  During this weekend, I found myself thinking about the many saints who have passed through my life.  Some I was with for several years while some I only had the joy of being with for a brief span of time.  There are some who have such a close walk with the Lord Jesus that just talking to them is fascinating beyond measure.  They encourage us to press on like never before; to strive all the more in changing from glory to glory.

One such individual was the guy in New Orleans who just travelled from town to town proclaiming the gospel.  He simply lived by faith and while I cannot remember his name, I’ll never forget this encounter which only lasted about 20 minutes back in 1986.  Completely sold out to Jesus.  Folks who have truly counted the cost and are faithfully following through.  They seem to be few and far between as we live in a generation of folks who seek self-fulfilment over taking up their cross.  I’m as guilty as any on this and have growing to do also. 

Acts 20:36-38  “And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.  And they all wept sore, and fell on Pauls neck, and kissed him,  Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more.  And they accompanied him unto the ship.”

This is the account of Pauls final meeting with the Ephesian elders while in Miletus.  There are a lot of saints whom I’ve known over the years, in the navy, in Virginia, in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and elsewhere whom I would love to see again.  Saints who are also sojourning in a land where no city feels like home and are longing for the day when they are called home to be with Jesus.  Likewise there are those whom I’ve come to really love in the blogosphere who have gone in other directions as they are moved into other avenues of service unto the Lord Jesus.  Nonetheless, all who are in Christ are heading for the same place.  The day will come when we will gather at the throne; all who are washed in the blood of Jesus, and we’ll be forever in his presence. 

There are many in the blogosphere whom I would love to meet and any opportunity to do so, I’ll be grateful to God who can make a way out of no way.  Yet if our paths never cross in this life, we will meet on the other side.  The more that I think about that day, the more exciting it becomes.  Each day this world seems to become more alien than the day before.  It’s not just because of the steady increase in iniquity; it’s because when we’re in the flesh, we’re absent from the Lord and I don’t want to be absent from the Lord.  I want to be with Christ all the more and I want those around me to know him also. 

Primarily, the conclusion of the whole matter is to keep on running the race that is set before us.  Regardless of the circumstances that we face, to just lay aside every weight and sin as we strive to be daily transformed into the image of christ.  Longing for the day when this corruption puts on incorruption and we are indeed home at last.  I apolagize if this post seems somewhat “out of sorts.”  It’s currently after 2:00am which is always a somewhat dangerous time to post. I pray that none of us would get sidetracked, even for a moment as things are moving quickly along the prophetic timeline. 

One may ask “How fast are things progressing?”  Tonight I heard a report about “superchimps.”  Apparently they have sucessfully integrated human DNA into chimpanzees in a laboratory and as a result these chimps can do menial tasks such as basic janitorial or assembly work.  There’s already a great deal of interest in this as they dont fall under the jurisdiction of labor laws and could be sold like livestock.  I would ask “how much longer will a holy God allow such things to go on?”  These are dark times in which we live.  I dont know the particulare of the story, but will keep my ears open for verification and updates.  I know that geneticists have introduced human DNA into livestock and have engaged in a host of Frankensteinian practices. 

Jesus is coming and every eye shall behold him.  This day is approaching and will soon no longer be a future event, but a fulfillment of prophecy.  Until then, may we all keep our hearts with all diligence and give our all to Jesus in these final moments. 

Hebrews 10:24-25  “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the mnore, as ye see the day approaching.”

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14 comments

  1. We Have been Blessed beyond anything that can be measured in this world, because we who have been called have a much greater purpose. We know that these things must come to pass for the true King to return, and those who find there peace in this Life will lose it in the Next. My Heart goes out for the tourtured people of China. God give us the strength to endure, as the word says, Pray that you are found worthy to excape the events to come. I was truely touched by the message that my Brother wrote and know that as long as he is able to draw a breath into his body, he will, and must continue the fight for The Good News to be spread across the globe to any and all who long for and believe in the return of the True King.


  2. May we all, by His mercy and grace and empowering presence, finish the race set out before us. Fore we can only do so in and through the Lord Jesus Christ, however, in and through the Lord Jesus Christ we can truly finish. Our confidence must be in He and He alone who is our hope most certain hope.

    Every Blessing in the Lord Jesus Christ to you and yours!


  3. TIMBOB, what a wonderful, encouraging post. I am always amazed when I read your posts. You could be a bible study teacher , how you lay it all out!

    Thanks for been so faithful to my posts.
    And yes lets finish this race, dont let us get sidetracked, but have only one goal in mind…been with the Father in heavenly places.

    Love and Blessings
    Andrea


  4. You wrote, “…we live in a generation of folks who seek self-fulfilment over taking up their cross. I’m as guilty as any on this and have growing to do also. ”

    I was convicted by your post. We all need prayer for growth, indeed. About all I can say is, “Amen”.

    Blessings,
    David.


  5. Timbob, the Lord is so good and faithful to us! By His grace ” The day will come when we will gather at the throne; all who are washed in the blood of Jesus, and we’ll be forever in his presence. ”
    What a day that will be!

    If any of us get to meet before that time then Praise God, it will be wonderful! May the will of the Lord be done in all of our lives.

    In the meantime may we all be found in Him daily, loving and serving Him wholeheartedly! Thank you for your faithfulness to “encourage one another, all the more as we see the day approaching”.

    Blessings to you always,

    Susan

    And bless the Lord, I am glad you had a lovely time with your wife!


  6. i prayed for you and your wife this weekend. glad it was good. 🙂


  7. Creetings Rob. Indeed many in the west cannot fathom what the saints in china and elsewhere go through. I pray that we would all be more diligent in doing all that we can to reach out to those in the valley of decision. Thanks for stopping by.
    Blessings always.


  8. Good morning Phil. Truly it is Christ which has begun a good work in us and he will see it through if we’ll submit to him. Thanks for staying in contact.
    Have a most blessed day.


  9. Amen Andrea. To stay focused on the Lord Jesus and on the everlasting world to come. Your posts and comments are always a blessing. Thanks
    Blessings always in Christ.


  10. Greetings David. I often find myself saying “I’m not even qualified to post this because I struggle with this issue or that issue.” Many times I have to be in repentance while writing, but it brings issues to the surface, which may have been left unresolved. We all are growing into the fulness of Christ daily. Thaks for stopping by.
    Have a blessed day.


  11. Greetings Susan. This may sound nutty, but I have a real closeness to the many bloggers out here and would love to meet them if the opportunity arises. I do pray about this. It’s amazing how we can have such love for folks that we only know through a screen name, a series of posts and comments. Thanks for being in contact and for so many challenging posts.
    Bave a blessed day.


  12. Greetings Code. Thanks for praying. This family is in need of having their eyes opened and it weighs heavily on my heart. Thanks also for regularly commenting.
    have a blessed day.


  13. Timbob, it isn’t nutty at all as I share the same love from the Lord, and often find myself praying for the needs and concerns of the brethren I’ve met here including you and your family.

    It would be great to meet, to have opportunites to pray and minister the love of Jesus Christ together as the Lord opens doors and directs. May the will of the Lord be done.

    Our daughter Leslie heads to Asia today for 6 weeks, please pray for her safety and that it will be a time of drawing close to Jesus and hearing from Him clearly.

    Every blessing to you and please keep in touch. I am not certain how much I will be able to blog in the coming two months, but I’ll be checking in for sure. I love reading your posts and have found them a great blessing.

    Jesus love, grace and joy to you today! He is SO very Faithful!


  14. Thank God for his grace and mercy. The first place I plan to go when I cross the finish line is the throne room. I hope to meet you there. What a day that will be!



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